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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

creimer Re:Land of the free (397 comments)

If you wake up dead in the drunk tank, you're a zombie.

1 hour ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

creimer Re: From practical experience... (198 comments)

So, if NewEgg doesn't sell it, then Intel doesn't make it?

If I can't buy it, I'm not interested. My typical budget for a motherboard/CPU/RAM combo is under $200. AMD dominates this price range. Intel usually costs twice as much.

1 hour ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

creimer Re:Land of the free (397 comments)

Being shot by the homeowner is the single biggest fear among would-be intruders, ranking higher than being caught by police.

Unless, of course, you're drunk, forgot your keys and try to break into your own house. A guy who broke into the wrong house that he thought was his own by smashing the patio door got shot once after being repeatedly warned by the homeowner to leave. Nothing worse than waking up in the drunk tank with a bullet wound in the chest.

2 hours ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

creimer Re: From practical experience... (198 comments)

The lowest i3 TDP available at Newegg is 35W. Yes, we all know that Intel beats AMD in performance. Just not on price.

5 hours ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

creimer Re:Home of the brave? (523 comments)

Sony is a modern Japanese company. Hari-kari isn't on the agenda.

yesterday
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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

creimer Get off my lawn! (29 comments)

Back in the late 1990's, I learned HTML and CSS using Notepad on Windows. These days I use Notepad++ (PC) or Text Wangler (Mac) for editing HTML code.

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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

creimer Re:As with all space missions: (193 comments)

We learned how to play nice with the Russians, especially during hockey season.

yesterday
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

creimer Re:From practical experience... (198 comments)

After all these years, Microsoft hit the sweet spot for Windows and Office as mature products. Someone else commented to me today on how bad it was using MS Visual Studio and SQL Server on less than top of the line hardware.

yesterday
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

creimer Re:From practical experience... (198 comments)

AMD AM1 processors run at 25W TDP, which is less the Intel i3 processors. My current AMD AM3+ quad core processor runs at 95W TDP. I'm thinking about replacing the motherboard and getting an AMD eight-core processor that also runs at 95W TDP.

yesterday
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

creimer From practical experience... (198 comments)

Except for Windows and Office, I don't run Microsoft bloatware on my PC. Everything else is open source. I'm still running the same AMD quad-core system from seven years ago. No need to get on the hardware band wagon again.

yesterday
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

creimer Re:Great idea but let's make it more efficient (193 comments)

There is absolutely no point sending humans to Venus, unless as a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

That's what they said about Australia. A penal colony at Venus might work.

yesterday
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

creimer Re:As with all space missions: (193 comments)

I saw one proposal of putting a manned space station in orbit on the far side of the moon and/or at L2 point (i.e., stable orbit outside lunar not facing the sun).

yesterday
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

creimer Re:As with all space missions: (193 comments)

If you read my other comments, you would have noticed that I admitted to being wrong and cited the exact Wikipedia link that you cited.

yesterday
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

creimer Re:As with all space missions: (193 comments)

Create robust shielding? We need to figure that one out before leaving the Earth-Moon system, and test it on a probe before committing people to it.

Which was why the Orion space capsule completed a 3,600-mile orbit to fly through the Van Allen radiation belt, as well as simulate a 20,000 MPH atmospheric return entry. With the exception of the Apollo missions, most manned flights were restricted to Low Earth Orbit.

yesterday
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

creimer Re:As with all space missions: (193 comments)

Either the school you attended was exceptionally bad, or you spent a lot of time not paying attention.

I was misdiagnosed as being mentally retarded. Never mind that I consistently blew out the annual examinations on the genius side (i.e., these were "statistical flukes," as not the threaten the 3X funding I represented for the special ed classes). I graduated from the eight grade with fifth grade math/writing skills and a college-level reading comprehension. After skipping high school and teaching myself at home, I got an associate degree in general ed at the community college. A decade later I went back to school to learn computer programming while taking two classes per semester and working 60 hours per week for five years. I even made the president's list for maintaining a 4.0 GPA in my major.

yesterday
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

creimer Re:Again with the girls? (204 comments)

San Jose State University used to have a policy to automatically kick out students who fell below a certain grade point average in a semester (~5% of the student population). The university changed the policy when ~10% or more were at risk of being kicked out in the mid-1990's. That's a lot money that the university couldn't afford to kick out the door.

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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

creimer Re:As with all space missions: (193 comments)

Everything I was taught about Christopher Columbus was wrong! Damn public school education!!

yesterday
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

creimer Re:As with all space missions: (193 comments)

The shorter route to India was based on the presumption that the world was round. Prior to 1492, everyone knew the world was flat. Hence, Christopher Columbus' voyage was a pointless exercise.

yesterday
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

creimer Re:As with all space missions: (193 comments)

Another proposal was to use Venus as a slingshot to Mars if the launch window for a direct Mars flight was ever missed. I find it fascinating that people always think of space flight as being outward (i.e., towards the outer planets) while ignoring Earth's sister world next door.

yesterday

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China Brushes Out Distinctive Hues of Names

creimer creimer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

creimer writes "The New York Times is reporting that some Chinese citizens will have to change their name for the new identity cards.

"The bureau's computers, however, are programmed to read only 32,252 of the roughly 55,000 Chinese characters, according to a 2006 government report. The result is that Miss Ma and at least some of the 60 million other Chinese with obscure characters in their names cannot get new cards — unless they change their names to something more common.""

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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Christopher D. Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting the death of John W. Backus, 82, creator of the FORTRAN programming language. From the article: 'Mr. Backus and his youthful team, then all in their 20s and 30s, devised a programming language that resembled a combination of English shorthand and algebra. Fortran, short for Formula Translator, was very similar to the algebraic formulas that scientists and engineers used in their daily work. With some training, they were no longer dependent on a programming priesthood to translate their science and engineering problems into a language a computer would understand.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that only one percent of web pages are sexually explict. From the article: 'A confidential analysis of Internet search queries and a random sample of Web pages taken from Google and Microsoft's giant Internet indices showed that only about 1 percent of all Web pages contain sexually explicit material. [...] The ACLU said the analysis, by Philip B. Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, did not appear to substantially help the Department of Justice in its effort to prove that criminal penalties are necessary to protect minors from exposure to sexually explicit information on the Internet.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting a federal investigation of the the Venezuelan owners of Smartmatic Corporation, a voting software company, and whether the anti-U.S. government is trying to influence the U.S. midterm elections. According to the article: 'Government officials familiar with the Smartmatic inquiry said they doubted that even if the Chávez government was some kind of secret partner in the company, it would try to influence elections in the United States. But some of them speculated that the purchase of Sequoia could help Smartmatic sell its products in Latin America and other developing countries, where safeguards against fraud are weaker.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "Call me an old fart but I been trying to find a brand new manual typewriter at a reasonable price so I can fulfill my Hemingway fantasy of writing on a typewriter and drinking a shot between pages. (The MacBook is nice but falls a bit short in the fantasy department.) There seem to be only one model from two different vendors (the MS 25 from Olivetti and Royal). Does anyone know if there are other manual typewriters available?"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The BBC is reporting that the American Bluegills fish is being used as an early warning system for dangerous substances in the local water supply. From the article: 'A small number of fish are kept in tanks which are constantly filled with water from the municipal supply. The computerised system registers changes in the fishes' vital signs and sends an alert when something is wrong. Since 11 September 2001, the US government has taken the threat of attacks on water supplies seriously.'"

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